The Bourne Braves continue to plug along as they are a week away from the Cape Cod Baseball League’s all-star break.
Sporting a record of 13-11-1, good for 27 points, Bourne is third in the West Division, behind Wareham (16-11, 32 points) and Hyannis (14-8-2, 30 points).
But with four wins in their last five games and six in their last 10 games, the Braves may be setting themselves up nicely for a late-season run to the divisional crown.
Taking a look at the league leaders, Bourne’s pitching staff is well-represented among the Cape League’s elite. Lefty starter Jared DiCesare (George Mason) and righty Justin Lasko (UMass Amherst) have emerged in the top four for the lowest ERA in the league. Lasko ranks second in the league in ERA (2.05) and is tied for second in wins (two) while DiCesare is fourth with a 2.70 ERA.
Meanwhile, Austin Pope (Fairfield) is fifth in the league with 23 strikeouts, just eight behind Hyannis’s Jeremy Randolph (Wright State) for the league lead.
Falmouth 5, Bourne 2
The Braves trotted out DiCesare to welcome West Division rival Falmouth to Doran Park on Wednesday, July 11, as they tried to push their win streak to five straight games.
Bourne had previously been 3-0 against the Commodores, outscoring them by a combined score of 16 to nine. But the Falmouth bats came to life on an evening when the wind was blowing out of the ballpark. That aided Falmouth, who crushed two home runs, including a three-run blast by Austin Langworthy with two outs in the top of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.
It was DiCesare’s worst outing on the Cape this season, as he allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
Bourne got its runs in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the seventh, respectively. Oscar Serratos (Arizona State) singled home Tyler Fitzgerald (Louisville) with two outs to tie the game, 1-1. Jared Triolo’s (Houston) sacrifice fly plated Anthony Prato (UConn) to pull Bourne within two runs, 4-2.
Braves field manager Harvey Shapiro declined to comment to the Enterprise following the game.
Bourne 9, Cotuit 3
The Braves scored runs in four straight innings to overcome an early 3-1 deficit against division rival Cotuit to win 9-3 at Doran Park on Monday, July 9.
Bourne got 6.1 innings of scoreless relief from the bullpen that combined to allow three hits and seven strikeouts to keep the Kettleers off the board after the third inning. Andy Archer (Georgia Tech) picked up the win after pitching two innings and striking out three in his first outing of the year.
The top of the Braves’ order did most of the damage with Prato, Chase Murray (Georgia Tech) and Triolo combining for four hits, four runs scored and four runs batted in.
Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, Murray’s two-out, two-run double sparked a three-run inning in which Triolo followed that up with an RBI single to score Murray and take a 4-3 lead.
Prato and Thaddeus Phillips (UConn) added RBI singles in the sixth for two runs before Phillips drove in two more with a two-out, bases-loaded single to center to bust the game wide open, 8-3.
Phillips’s 2-for-4, three-RBI day at the plate snapped a 2-for-27 stretch since arriving to Doran Park.
The Kettleers took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third when five-straight Cotuit batters reached base. Jonathan Roberston’s (Creighton) double scored Adam Oviedo (TCU) before Thomas Dillard (Mississippi) drilled a ground-rule double that plated Robertson. One batter later Michael Toglia (UCLA) came around to score on Peyton Burdick’s (Wright State) sacrifice fly.
Cotuit’s Seth Shuman (Georgia Southern) took the loss, lasting 4.2 innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits.
Bourne (13-11-1, 27 points) hosts Hyannis (14-8-2, 30 points) on Friday, July 13, at 6 PM at Doran Park.